A man has been arrested for attempting to sell a stolen dog back to its owner and a local police officer.
Davina Wentzloff told police that her miniature Schnauzer disappeared on Feb. 13. Shortly after the dog's disappearance, she was contacted by a female who said she had the dog and was willing to bring it back to Wentzloff for a finder's fee.
Wentzloff agreed to meet the woman. However, when she arrived at the meeting place, the woman was not there. She then received a text from the woman saying that she wanted Wentzloff to give her boyfriend $50 for the dog or she was going to sell the dog on Craigslist.
Wentzloff was able to locate an ad for the dog on Craigslist. She contacted police and sent them a screenshot of the ad.
Las Vegas police called the number in the ad and made contact with 20-year-old Deon Saxon who verified that he was trying to sell the dog.
Saxon told a police officer that the dog was a year old, trained by him, and was named Sparks, which is the name of Wentzloff's dog.
The police officer arranged a meeting with Saxon at Lantana Apartment on West Charleston Boulevard.
When the police officer arrived, he saw Saxon walking towards him with the dog. He called the dog and the dog ran up to him. The police officer checked the dog's name tag and saw it was engraved with the name Sparks Wentzloff.
The police officer then gave the signal to other police officers to move in and assist with the apprehension of Saxon.
Saxon saw what was happening and took off running. The police officers gave chase and were able to catch up with him. Saxon tried to fight his way out. At one point, he began reaching for his jacket pocket and said he had a gun.
Eventually, the police officers were able to subdue Saxon. They found a semi-auto Ruger pistol in his jacket.
A records check revealed that Saxon was wanted on a fugitive warrant out of California for felony child endangerment, introducing a controlled substance into a jail and introducing a weapon or tear gas into a jail.
Saxon was placed under arrest for possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm by a fugitive, unlawful carry of a concealed weapon, and resisting a police officer with a deadly weapon.
He was placed under arrest and transported to Clark County Detention Center.